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April 17, 2014
10:10 EDTFSL, D, ADI, WY, INFY, VTR, ORIGHigh option volume stocks: ORIG HST WY D VTR SLM ADI FSL INFY
News For ORIG;WY;D;VTR;ADI;FSL;INFY From The Last 14 Days
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July 27, 2015
10:00 EDTVTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Anthem (ANTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded on valuation at Bernstein... Box (BOX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded on potential sale of assets or company at SunTrust... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... First BanCorp (FBP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flotek (FTK) upgraded on stronger demand at Oppenheimer... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... OFG Bancorp (OFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Pool Corp. (POOL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Popular (BPOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Chemung Financial (CHMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
08:33 EDTVTRVentas upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital upgraded Ventas to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm upgraded the stock on valuation, its belief that the spinoff of CCP will be a catalyst for the stock, the increase in Ventas' disposition activity, and Ventas' formation of a joint venture based on Ardent's operations. Target $74.
06:16 EDTVTRVentas upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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July 24, 2015
09:36 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
07:51 EDTVTRVentas expects CCP Spin-off to close in Q3
In connection with Ventasís previously announced plan to spin off most of its skilled nursing facility portfolio into an independent, publicly traded REIT named Care Capital Properties, CCP filed Amendment No. 2 to its Form 10 registration statement relating to the Spin-Off with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 15, 2015. The transaction is expected to be completed in August 2015, subject to applicable approvals.
07:47 EDTVTRVentas raises FY15 normalized FFO view to $4.70-$4.76 from $4.67-$4.75
Consensus $4.66. The updated guidance range represents 5%-6% growth in normalized FFO per share over 2014. Ventas currently expects its 2015 NAREIT FFO per diluted share to increase to a range between $4.51-$4.61.
07:46 EDTVTRVentas reports Q2 normalized FFO $1.18, consensus $1.16
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July 23, 2015
16:28 EDTFSLFreescale sees Q3 adjusted EPS 47c-51c, consensus 56c
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16:26 EDTFSLFreescale reports Q2 adjusted EPS 57c, consensus 50c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.2B, consensus $1.18B. Reports Q2 GAAP gross margin 48.1%.
July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTADIEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:35 EDTADIAnalog chip makers fall after Linear cites weak end market demand
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10:15 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTADIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTADIAnalog Devices downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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08:13 EDTDDominion and SunPower partner to supply solar power to New Jersey homeowners
Dominion (D) subsidiary Dominion Retail and SunPower (SPWR) announced a collaboration of the two companies to offer SunPower solar power systems to New Jersey homeowners. Dominion will provide program details to residents through a marketing campaign scheduled to begin this summer.
July 21, 2015
10:24 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:29 EDTINFYInfosys sees FY15 IFRS revenue up 7.2%-9.2% in USD terms
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05:28 EDTINFYInfosys reports Q1 EPS 21c, consensus 21c
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July 20, 2015
14:44 EDTINFYInfosys volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Infosys August call option implied volatility is at 34, September is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on July 21.
13:16 EDTINFYInfosys technical comments ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a sideways range for the last several weeks bound by $15.25 at the low and $16.35 at the high. If the news is bullish, a breakout above the range at $16.35 would see next resistance at $17.05. Thereafter resistance would be at $17.70 and $18.18. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $15 would see next support at $14.61. The irregularly-shaped potential head and shoulders pattern would also become active. That pattern could reach the $12 to $11.50 area over time if nothing interrupts its progress.
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